What Karl's reading

After three years preparing The Triumph of William McKinley by reading very little but books, letters, articles and newspapers from the Gilded Age, I’m trying to get back into my regular routine, which I’ll chronicle here with an occasional review of what I’ve read.


Candice Millard is a fine, fine writer. Her previous books – DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC (President Garfield’s assassination) and THE RIVER OF DOUBT (TR’s post-presidential near-death journey down a tributary of the Amazon) – are both terrific reads.

Just in time for this year’s wild contest, this longtime Washington journalist who is now moderator of “Face The Nation” on CBS on Sunday mornings has written a breezy volume that veers back and forth through 204 years of races for the White House.
This being the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, my reading list this year has had several books on the Bard.
On the eve of WWII, scientists across the globe – in Germany, Britain, America and France, among others – came to the realization that splitting the atom could bring enormous power. So began the race to develop an atomic bomb, a power so great that entire cities could be destroyed in an instant with a single weapon.

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